John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.

John's fascination with technology continued with a 25 year career in the computer industry. He held area, senior and executive management positions with; Chipcom Corporation (networking), MIPS Computer Systems (high performance computing) and Netapp (storage). He moved from Boston in November 2010 to live in Park City. He began DJing at KPCW in January 2011, has substitute co-hosted regularly on Mountain Money, Community Voices and This Mountain Life. In February 2013 John and Lynn Ware Peek became the permanent co-hosts of Community Voices.

In September 2013 John and Lynn launched Cool Science Radio: Delivering understandable science and technology in a complicated world.

Ways to Connect

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn speak with US Ski and Snowboard CEO, Tiger Shaw. Tiger is a former alpine ski racer who competed in the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. In 2014 Shaw was named President and CEO of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association here in Park City. We speak with Tiger about how training, equipment, coaching, psychology and diet have evolved since he competed in 1984.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio longtime local coach, trainer and elite athlete Tom Noaker talks about  the science of the aging athlete. From rest-to-work ratios, bio mechanic efficiencies, the science behind motivation - tune in to hear how to keep strong, fit and fast -well into the golden years. 


In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is  Kermit Pattison, author of FOSSIL MEN: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind. FOSSIL MEN is the first full-length exploration of Ardi (a human ancestor more than a million years older than the famous Lucy), the scientists who found her, and her impact on what we know about the origins of the human species.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Tim Gregory who has written Meteorite: How Stones from Outer Space Made Our World is the guest. Gregory explores the world of meteorites to uncover new insights into what our solar system was like before our sun became a star, into the forging of our planet, and into the emergence of life on it. Humans have long looked to the skies for answers to big questions. Meteorite reveals how science is finally arriving at those answers.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is  Heather Montgomery who has written Who Gives A Poop? Surprising Science From One End to Another. Scientists, engineers, veterinarians, even college students--people all over the world are discovering the power of poop. A guy in England powers a streetlamp with pet poo. A scientist uses scat to solve the mystery of a vanishing cave-dwelling critter.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Lynn and John's guest is  Dr.Roy A.Meals, a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at UCLA who has practiced and researched hand surgery for forty years. He has written a book: BONES, Inside and Out , a lively, illustrated exploration of the 500-million-year history of bone, and a look at how this versatile material works within the body. 

In this episode Cool Science Radio Tanya Lewis, an associate editor at Scientific American shares updates on how a COVID 19 vaccine is progressing. A new article published last week by the magazine, says not to expect a COVID 19 vaccine before the election, which seems obvious at this point. A vaccine made by Pfizer could seek emergency approval by the third week of November, but it likely won’t be available to the public until mid-to late 2021.  

In this episode of Cool Science Radio hosts John and Lynn are joined by bestselling author Spike Carlsen joins the program.

  In this epsiode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is Julie Shah who has written WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING ROBOTS. Humans are in complete control of today’s robots. We determine their settings, tasks and rules. This will change when a new breed of robots joins us that operate on their own and work and live among us. Spoiler alert: this will not be a flawless transition…              

Dr. Brennan Spiegel, author of VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine is the guest for this episode of Cool Science Radio. In this new book, Dr. Spiegel shows us how a simple VR headset can change medicine for the better. He introduces us to the woman who endures exceptionally painful labor by completing breathing exercises on a digital beach, the schizophrenic patient who literally confronts the demon inside his head, and many others.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn are joined by Cybersecurity expert and Retired Army Colonel, Terry McGraw. We will be speaking with Terry about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and steps Utah parents can take to secure their children's data while they learn online. We will also speak with him about steps Utah’s local and state officials should take to protect their communities from cyberattacks.

In this epsidoe of Cool Science Radio the Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, Justin Reich, delivers a sobering look at the educational technologies that promised to upend traditional approaches to schooling, as the United States reckons with the possibility of long-term distance learning due to widespread COVID-19 school closures.  Justin's new book is Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education. 


In this episode of Cool Science Radio author and Johns Hopkins neurobiologist David Linden discusses his new book, UNIQUE: The New Science of Human Individuality. Linden explores why one person like to sleep in a cold room, while others like it hot, why hoppy beer appeals to some but others find it bitter.  Topics that touch all of our lives -from sexuality, gender identity, food preferences, biological rhythms, mood, personality, memory, and intelli

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is Dr. Eileen Gallagher who has been practicing medicine for 20 years. She also owns and operates Gallagher Pediatrics at the Newpark Town Center in Kimball Junction. We will be speaking with Dr. Gallagher about her practice, how she conducts business in a COVID 19 world, and technological advances the last 50 years which help her to take better care of her patients.